A year in the life 2016 #186: party party

Here is some laser tag action at Zacky’s birthday party. The adults couldn’t resist and got in on the action in the second round – nothing like shooting up ten year olds.

There was also party food and presents and friends…and, of course, birthday cake.

A year in the life 2016 #161: belated birthday celebrations


Sebastian got especially spoiled by his godmother-equivalent for his belated birthday.

There was a giant present.


…an ice cream maker which Sebastian has been coveting.

Then of course cake.


But I still think the highlight for him was geting to hang out with Natasha.


A year in the life 2016 #158: two leagues and a birthday


For training tonight I went full DHR in order to honour, in advance, the team playing on the weekend at The Great Southern Slam.


It was the fifth birthday for Light City Derby that night so after training there was cake to celebrate!

Great to be able to celebrate and feel part of two excellent leagues.


A year in the life 2016 #153: a tale of two birthday parties


Sebastian chose a paintball party for his birthday with a bunch of his friends from school. Much sweaty, shooting fun was had.

We then got to Emilie’s birthday party in time for the cake. Turning half Sebastian’s age at 7!


2015 weeks #13: birthdays, derby, Melbourne and more!

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A quiet Easter Monday + board games with friends and family…2015-04-06 18.39.49-1…a delicious dinner of ribs…

2015-04-06 19.38.25…and hanging out with George.

2015-04-07 06.56.47The latest addition to my range of fitness activities has been resistance interval training at F45. I really enjoy it (except when there is push ups) and it does make me work super hard. Generally I try and go once a week – I have been avoiding the cardio sessions since I bunged my back skipping and sadly there is only resistance training on Tuesdays and Thursdays so I have to find time to fit it in around the rest of life. But I have taken some of it home to do with the small boys in the comfort of our lounge.

2015-04-07 14.49.14 HDRBack at work and continuing to benefit from the whole new interest in beading. This is a creation that Jude whipped up while staying with Jackie on the weekend.

2015-04-07 08.43.32And here is the happy birthday boy!

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To celebrate the auspiciousness of Jude’s birthday, it was dinner at the regular favourite – the Elk & Pea. The boys couldn’t go past the donuts for dessert.

2015-04-08 08.20.36Jude’s new knitted cap from Rachel was a major success (just don’t try to tell the boys it is a viking helmet because they will expend a lot of emphatic energy explaining that in reality vikings didn’t have horns on their helmets and that is all a myth).

2015-04-08 22.07.00-1Managed to get some D&D in. Someone tried to burn us all in a inn.

2015-04-09 10.06.17 HDR-1Off to Melbourne. Here is me looking disgruntled about having to ride in a maxi-taxi. I hate those things (though obviously very important for accessibility – why do I always get them in line. This was the second time for the week).

Disgruntlement didn’t last long as, in between meetings, I got to catch up with Victoria and then I was staying at one of my favourite Melbourne hotels, the Crown Metropole. The 27th floor pool is spectacular as the sun starts to dip.

I was attending the Transport and Logistics Skills Council annual awards dinner. As I have mentioned before, I really do enjoy seeing the outstanding work some training providers and employers do in the training space, and hearing the wonderful stories of many of the people who have gained training and the impact on their lives – it does make it all feel real and worthwhile. I also learnt that while trains are easy to drive, there is an enormous amount of skill in getting them to stop!

2015-04-10 20.22.20Friday included attending Nick’s Dad’s funeral, and then going out for drinks with Nick and family to appropriately say goodbye. I was ready for two drinks at that stage.

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Autumn has been looking its usual beautiful self in Canberra this year.

Saturday was bout day and with Capital Carnage playing the Dishonour Rollers I was left with very mixed loyalties. This time though, the boys won out and I ended up benching my first game for Carnage. Lots of fun and the boys won, though the Dishonour Rollers certainly made them work for it.

2015-04-12 15.09.31Sunday was Jude’s birthday party – George and I were hiding in the kitchen from all the noise of an afternoon D$D campaign conducted by a horde of small boys under James’ supervision.

2015-04-12 14.36.16-1The adventure called for fighting a dragon-turtle. Rachel delivered a fabulous chocolate version for the boys to slay.

And a happy birthday was enjoyed by all adventurers.

Weeks! #27: life and broken bits

2014-06-30 19.31.45Games are big in our house, and no game is a more important staple than Unexploded Cow. The boys are even starting to learn strategy.

2014-07-01 10.18.11Gratuitous George photo. I was having a sick day.

2014-07-01 19.11.52While I was away, Sebastian managed to convince his father to buy him a zebra onesie. It results in no end of amusement.

2014-07-02 13.09.22James and I managed to find time for lunch together at Loading Zone. Delicious lemon tart.

2014-07-02 15.08.49Exciting new stockings!

2014-07-02 19.39.15Things continue a little stressful in life. So the odd Lindor Ball and glass of wine is necessary.

2014-07-02 20.05.28Maybe two Lindor Balls.

And there is nothing better for relieving stress than killing a few monsters.

2014-07-03 08.19.05Thursday morning and I was walking Jude and Zac to school early for choir.

2014-07-03 20.13.52Zac has started to expand his cooking skills and here was helping me make cupcakes that he could take to school for his birthday.

2014-07-03 20.37.24Gratuitous selfie.

2014-07-04 08.42.24The last day at school was pyjama day. With added pillow for watching movies.

2014-07-04 12.26.54Derby shirt Friday involved Oberon Roller Derby this week.

2014-07-04 21.05.40Despite not being 100%, a bit of derby training was good for me. This appears to be the story of my life at the moment.

2014-07-05 13.09.56Saturday morning was Zac’s birthday party and the Labours of Zac-ules. Here he is slaying the hydra. More about this separately.

2014-07-05 15.42.34I started a new book while at junior derby. So far am really enjoying it – it is beautifully written.

Sunday morning we road tripped up to Sydney for the first Capital Carnage bout. Mum and Dad had arrived the night before, so Jude and Zac opted to stay and hang out with their grandparents while Sebastian decided her wanted to see James play. The first half of the game went well – while SMASH were still up, Carnage were holding their own. Then, early in the second half, James went down. I was concerned, but then he got up and skated back to the bench. A couple of minutes later I saw that he was waving me to come over and had a first aid person with him. His collarbone was broken.

There was pain relief and ambulances and the whole lot. Eventually James went by ambulance to Bankstown Hospital nearby and Sebastian and I drove over to join him. Fortunately the break was a reasonably clean one which was touching and should heal ok, so no surgery was required. After some time, and medication and observation etc, I drove us home from Sydney. Wasn’t quite the end to the week we were hoping for.

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Weeks! #23: birthdays and birthdays and Adelaide and other stuff

2014-06-02 08.39.37Starting the week walking the boys to school. Zachary and Jude are still impossible to separate from their new jackets.

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Monday also had the joys of Senate Estimates. Here I am in the waiting room. Our Department makes sure it keeps us in lollies. Fortunately, no questions for me this time round.

The boys had taken to the loom band thing with some enthusiasm.

2014-06-02 20.25.12The results weren’t half bad either.

2014-06-02 20.25.45The weather is getting wintery so it is all coats and tights and woollen dresses.

2014-06-03 08.50.23Some Canberra public art appreciation.

2014-06-04 17.47.11On Sebastian’s actual birthday he was abandoned by his parents do they could go and consume a game degustation at Pulp Kitchen. (Delicious by the way)

2014-06-03 19.17.33We made it up to him the following night with dinner at Jamie’s Italian.

And a week really isn’t complete without some sort of opportunity to slay horrible monsters.

2014-06-04 20.41.34Sebastian and I headed off to Adelaide Thursday morning for our great TGSS adventure.

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Sebastian was very keen to go to the beach. And I can never resist the ocean, so Mum and I took Sebastian to Henley Beach for a wander and lunch. We even walked the jetty.

We had afternoon godparent (or equivalent) get together with godson (or equivalent). Also best friends.

It was then out to dinner to the co-celebration of Sebastian and Emilie’s birthdays!

There was also some quality cousin hanging out time to be had. Sebastian played many games of hide and seek amongst other entertainments.

For Emilie’s birthday party on Saturday, Sebastian helped with preparations, assisting Lucy with the cake and the lolly bags and various other tasks, while popped over to the Great Southern Slam to pick up my pass and say hi to folk.

I returned in time for the big party. Emilie seemed to enjoy it almost as much as the adults, and she certainly appreciated her cake.

I was lucky to get my own belated birthday present from Sam and Tracey which included awesome new skate laces! I resisted for a bit but eventually had to lace up my skates, party or no.

Once the children had all gone to bed, some of the adults still kept partying. Given I was playing the next day, I had stuck to water for the afternoon, but I was still required to participate in sibling sing-along to the War of the Worlds musical and Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (predictably).

2014-06-07 22.12.25-1And then Sunday was all about TGSS

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